Five generations strong, The Hoff's farm in Maryland has been a family endeavor since 1869. Today, Matt and his wife Debbie are at the helm and lead the daily operations for the 2,200-acre dairy farm.
Motivated by their prioritization of animal care, their Holstein cows are fed a balanced and nutritious diet of grass, hay, and silage. In addition, the cows lie on four-inch-thick mattresses that are bedded daily with sawdust, to keep them happy, healthy, and comfortable.
Producing high-quality and nutritious milk has always been the top priority for the family. They have also always farmed with the mindset of leaving the land better than they found it. As a youngster, Matt’s father Marlin traveled the countryside and was inspired by the care that farmers took of their animals and land. He brought that passion back home to the farm, where the family has continued to strive for excellence in environmental preservation.
With sustainability in mind from early on, the farm was early adopter of cover crops—using small grains, legumes, and grasses to help slow erosion of the land and improve soil health. By the 1990s, the farm had transitioned to being 100% no-till.
The family participates in numerous activities outside of farm life. Matt serves on the board of the local farm bureau, the Maryland Dairy Industry Association and the Maryland State Fair Board. Debbie and all three of their daughters are active in 4-H and the entire family enjoys showing their Holsteins at various fairs and shows throughout the year.